August 8th, 2008
Lessons From a Laid-off Journalist: Become a Freelancer for Life
By Ron Sylvester
I received an e-mail today from a former colleague that literally gave me goosebumps and made me want to go out and conquer the world.
His was a response to an e-mail I’d sent him earlier in the week complimenting him on a feature he’d written online, detailing how layoffs are affecting coverage of very important topics, particularly healtchare.
This is the part of the e-mail that made my adrenaline soar:
“After I got laid off 2 weeks ago, at 10am, I left the building, bought a cell phone and vowed that my first 5 phone calls would be to set up freelance gigs.”
Ha! Take that Mr. Layoff Guy! You didn’t crush this man’s spirit!!
This friend also went on to say that even while employed he is going to freelance for the rest of his life just to have something to hold on to. And here’s one last excerpt for good measure:
“I’ve really surprised myself at self-marketing. It’s come a lot more naturally to me than I thought it would.”
God’s Speed my friend, Tim Collie.
You are extremely talented, and I’m with you all the way.